My Nice Cooking Lesson With My Nice Italian Family

I’ve been on a real Italian kick lately. Because Beau is part Italian. Which makes my kids even parter Italian. So it’s important to me to get to know their people.  A few weeks ago a group of us decided to go to Italian Fest. Which is the absolute dumbest place to go when you’re trying to not eat carbs. But then I remembered Italian people like wine. So I went. All I can say for sure is that a good time was had by all. Being Italian for the…

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I survived the first day of school. Kinda.

Today was the first day of school for my kids. We’ve had an amazing summer. But it’s time. Just time. Time to start fresh. Time to get back in the swing of things. Time to get on living our lives. Back to School I love the first day of school. Everyone is up and at ‘em. Everyone is excited. Everyone is so clean. Shining like the top of the Chrysler Building. And everyone is so full of hope. Maybe a little too much hope. Like me, for instance. I’m bringing my…

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Welcome To My New Home!

Hi everyone! I know it's been a while, but my new blog website is finally complete! So I will now be sharing new content weekly. If you'd like, take a second to look around. Read some old posts. Buy some new merch.  And don't forget to... Subscribe! Subscribe! Subscribe! I'm so excited to be back and looking forward to writing a ton. I have had so much happen this past year. OMG. Where do I begin? Stay tuned!!!! Love, Eileen

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The Time Aunt Batsy Made Us Try On Our Dead Grandma’s Dress

Allow me to introduce my Aunt Batsy. She is my Dad's oldest sister. And it would be impossible to truly ever explain her to anyone. But I'm going to try. The other day I left my cell phone at her house. I didn't realize it until I got to the grocery store. So it was about an hour before I got back to her house to retrieve it. When I knocked on the door I heard her yell. You left your phone! Your phone is here! Yes, that's why I'm…

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OMG. Homework in May. I. Can. Not.

It's May. It's finally warm. It's baseball season. My life is so out of control right now that I don't know whether to scratch my watch or wind my butt. A typical day consists of getting up and going to work. Easiest part of my day. Because when that bell rings at 2:45 it's worse than the alarm going off in the morning. Time to start my for real day. The hundreds of students I see on the daily are no match for the four I have at home. Once…

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What Do I Want for Mother’s Day This Year? Oh, You Know Me, Nothing Much.

Mother's Day has always been a tough one for me. My mom's death literally took the Mother out of my Mother's Day. But now that I'm the mom, I get to enjoy it once again. Because I get presents. The other day, Beau asked what I wanted for Mother's Day. Now before you start sending me messages, yes, Beau buys me a Mother's Day present. It's from him and the kids. And I get him a Father's Day present. I know I'm not his Mother and he is not my…

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Baseball In April Is Pure Hell. Except Hell is Sooooo Much Warmer.

There's nothing more American than baseball. And I'm American, so I love going to baseball games. I love watching my kids play. And I have so many happy memories of my Dad taking us to White Sox games, where we kept score even though there was a scoreboard. My memories always include one thing. Warmth. Baseball was a sport meant to be played during summer months. Not in April. April is no where near summer. Let's start with the White Sox home opener. I work in walking distance to Sox…

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Sometimes I Think We Should Take Our Kids on Educational Vacations. But Then I Remember My Childhood.

Going to Florida for Spring Break has become the focal point of our year. It is so amazing to get out of Chicago and sit on a beach. I can't remember the first time I was ever on a beach, but I'm pretty damn sure it wasn't with my parents. They weren't beach people. They took us on a lot of vacations. We definitely went to Disney World, where my Dad would take a picture next to Space Mountain and then go ride It's a Small World After All. And…

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Going to Florida is Amazing, Until It’s Time to Come Home

There is nothing more glorious as getting the hell out of Chicago and going to Florida. The way the sun feels on your skin when you first get out of the car. They way the sand feels between your toes on the beach. The way you can sleep with the windows open and hear the ocean. There is nothing like it. We've been doing this for about 5 years now and we've really nailed the art of the road trip. The way there, we drive straight through the night. We…

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A Special Guest Post From My Class. A Must Read!

Hi! We are Mrs. Barrins 7th grade class. We are in a contest with the rest of our school to see which classroom can raise the most money for such an amazing cause, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. We are pulling out all of the stops to rack in the big bucks.  Our fundraiser donates the money to children with Leukemia and Lymphoma. This money will make sure that parents can afford the expensive treatment their child needs. Though we mainly want to help those in need, some of us…

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What do Mary Tyler Moore and Derrius Guice Have in Common?

Lou Grant. They have Lou Grant in common. This is the script from the very first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Lou: How old are you? Mary: Thirty. Lou: No hedging! No 'how old do I look'? Mary: [smiles and shrugs her shoulders] Why hedge? Lou: Yeah. Mary: How old do I look? Lou: [pauses] Thirty. [opens booze bottle in his desk drawer] What religion are you? Mary: Uh, Mr. Grant, I don't quite know how to say this, but, uh, you're not allowed to ask that when someone's applying for a job. It's…

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As a Teacher, The Last Thing I Need in My Classroom is a Freaking Gun.

You want to give me a gun? Have you met me? Have you met any teacher, ever? Spend one day in a CPS school and see if you still feel the same way. Think of all of the teachers you've had in your life. Would you have wanted all of them to be armed with a deadly weapon? I'll be the first to admit that I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but none of this makes sense to me. This is not what I signed up for.…

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